Scottish Ministers' vision is that by 2050, Scottish towns, cities and communities will be free from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles. This builds on the Scottish Government’s existing commitment to the almost complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050 and establishes the ambition that from 2040 almost all new vehicles sold will be near zero-emission at the tailpipe, and that by 2030 half of all fossil-fuelled vehicles will be phased-out of urban environments across Scotland.
The primary 3 drivers for this, are reducing climate change impacts; improving local air quality; and realising the economic benefits for Scotland's businesses, that such a change will offer. Transport Scotland is responsible for low emission vehicle policy development and implementation on behalf of Ministers. We are involved in a number of workstreams across a range of technologies, and we are members of a number of stakeholder partnerships in the sector.